Broadcast & Internet Media Team — Starter Kit

This starter kit consists of an "area of focus" report (if it exists) prepared by a member of the WE1S C-Hackers team during academic year 2017-18, initial high-priority sources to collect suggested by the C-Hackers, and suggestions for initial research questions to address. For the session during Orientation Day 2 at our summer camp, each AM team should treat these starting-kit materials as initial suggestion, and then revise, fine-tune, or simplify them to create:
    • An initial collection queue of sources (can be organized as "stage 1" for immediate collection, and future stages for next to be collected)
    • An initial research question or two that the first set of collected materials can help answer--especially questions that can help guide future stages of collection (e.g., "Do we need to collect on the phrase 'liberal arts' in addition to 'humanities'?")
Other useful reference sources: Shared Google Drive folder Template for queuing requests:
keywords string :
source and or publication :
begin date :
end date :
(optional) any comments :

WE1S Workflow System Links

Shared Google Drive

Team Number: 10

Broadcast & Internet Media


  • UCSB
    • Aili Peeker
    • Ryan Leach
    • Dan Baciu
  • CSUN
    • Mauro Carassai
    • Maureen Nyhan

Area of Focus Report (prepared by WE1S C-Hackers Group in 2017-18)

Initial Collection Plan Suggestion (prepared by WE1S C-Hackers Group in 2017-18)

  • Online News Media (suggested by Rebecca Bakefrom C-Hackers Group in 2017-18)
    • Stage 1: (Rebecca — “Since none of these sources are archived in a large database, collection will have to be manual. Also, most have the same issue of not being able to search by date, only by keywords. Z Magazine is the exception”)
      • Newsmax
      • Z Magazine
      • Propublica
      • Alternet
      • Reason (Online)
    • Stage 2:
      • The Raw Story
      • MintPress News
      • Common Dreams
      • Inside Higher Ed
      • The Intercept
      • Who.What.Why.
      • Mother Jones (Online)
      • Outlier of Interest:
        “Propublica also links to data charts and project reports connected with their organization. It seems to be a good source, but it will take some keen navigating and should perhaps be dealt with early
      • “Ungettable:
        Collecting manually from online-only news sources is going to be a grind no matter which way we slice it. A possible option, however, is to use BYU’s News On the Web Corpus ( ) to search for the term “humanities”. When the results come up, we can click directly onto to link to go to the article. We could work “backwards”, finding the term first, navigating to the site, and collecting metadata afterwards. This will also get us very recent results.”
  • U.S. TV News from UCLA NewsScape Archive (suggested by Aili Peeker from C-Hackers Group in 2017-18)
    • Stage 1:
      • CNN
      • CNBC
      • Fox News
      • MSNBC
      • CSPAN
    • Stage 2:
      • BET (Black Entertainment Television) (if including: only news shows?)
      • HLN (Headline News, CNN)
      • KTTV Fox (LA station owned by Fox)
      • KABC (LA station owned by ABC)
      • KCAL (independent LA station)
      • KCBS (LA station owned by CBS)
      • KNBC (LA station owned by NBC)
      • WEWS (Cleveland, OH station affiliated with ABC)
      • WKYC (Cleveland, OH station affiliated with NBC)
      • WOIO (Cleveland, OH station affiliated with NBC)
      • Outliers of Interest:
        • Al Jazeera (not U.S. TV News, but might be of (comparative?) interest)
        • BBC (not U.S. TV News, but might be of (comparative?) interest)

Initial Research Questions  (suggestions)

  • How long in number of words to broadcast and online news stories tend to be compared to newspaper articles?
  • What are the main “genres” of broadcast news and online media by comparison with the main genres of newspaper news (e.g., reporting, editorials, op eds, so-called “color stories” or “sidebars,” etc.)?
  • [Other questions TBD]